Azalea Cove Campground

Eldorado National Forest

Union Valley Reservoir

Campsite at Azalea Cove Campground, Union Valley Reservoir, CA

Azalea Cove Campground

Eldorado National Forest Attractions

Visitors to the Eldorado National Forest find many wonderful places to explore.

  • Fishing in all the lakes and streams in the Crystal Basin
  • Boating and water skiing on Crystal Basin lakes
  • Hiking into the Desolation Wilderness
  • Taking in the scenery of waterfalls, snow-capped peaks, and rushing mountain streams
  • Mountain biking along the network of logging roads

Places to Visit

  • Historic Placerville
  • Crystal Basin, including Wrights Lake
  • Strawberry and Lovers' Leap rock
  • Ski resorts and snow play areas, cross country ski trails
  • Echo Lakes

Azalea Cove Campground

Azalea Cove Campground is spread along the east shore of Union Valley Reservoir in the beautiful Crystal Basin. This walk-in or boat-in campground is only about ½ mile by foot from the nearest parking area or a mile by boat from the nearest launch ramp. Campers must bring in their own water, but other typical campground features are provided. Camping is free.

The 10 campsites are well spaced out and set back in the trees for privacy, but still with views of the lake. The bike trail which extends 4½ miles around the lake runs between the campsites and lake shore.

Campground Basics
Location: Off Ice House Road, 16 miles from Highway 50
Elevation: 4,860 feet
Miles/Driving time: Sacramento - 81 miles, 1:43
Campground Open: Late-May through early September
Number of Sites: 10
Max. People per Site: 6 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 2, fee for 2nd vehicle
Pets: On leash, always attended
Pacific Ranger District: (530) 647-5415

No Reservations: First come, first served
Maximum Vehicle Length: NA
Wheelchair accessible Sites: Some are accessible
Fees: None
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, 1:00 PM

Azalea Cove Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, fire ring, food locker
Campground: Vault toilets, no potable water
Showers: Available at Fashoda Campground
Dump Station: No
Nearby attractions: Union Valley Reservoir, Bike Trail, Sunset Boat Ramp, Ice House Reservoir, Loon Lake

General Camping Information

When making reservations be sure that your vehicle will fit in the space indicated on the reservations website. Information is available at the Crystal Information Station east of Union Valley Reservoir on Ice House Road during the summer.
Horses and motor vehicles are not permitted on the bike trails at Union Valley Reservoir. Horses are permitted on the Ice House Reservoir bike trail.

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